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An analysis of the values, impact and benefits of digitisation for building national identity

An analysis of the values, impact and benefits of digitisation for building national identity

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  • 1. Simon Tanner King’s College LondonEmail: simon.tanner@kcl.ac.uk Twitter: SimonTanner
  • 2. © Tanner, KCL 2011
  • 3. Cultural practice – the manifestation of ideas that come into being in aesthetic forms, whose main reason for being is to provide pleasure for those who consume them – e.g. novels, art, music... Conceptual container – culture is seen as an abstract tool for refining and elevating a society – it is the container for all that can be defined as the greatest offerings in terms of knowledge, creativity and thought that society can offer. In this mode, culture will become associated with a nation or a state and is a source of identity for the group that identifies with it.Said, E.W. (1994) Culture and Imperialism. 4th Ed. Vintage
  • 4. © Tanner, KCL 2011
  • 5. www.kdcs.kcl.ac.uk/innovation/inspiring.html Inspiring Research, Inspiring Scholarship
  • 6. New areas of research enabled“Old Bailey Online reaches out to communities, such as familyhistorians, who are keen to find a personal history, reflected in anational story, and in the process re-enforces the workings of acivil society. Digital resources both create a new audience, and reconfigure our analysis to favour the individual.” Professor Tim Hitchcock, University of Hertfordshire “Digitised resources allow me to discover the hidden lives of disabled people, who have not traditionally left records of theirlives. I have found disability was discussed by many writers in the Eighteenth Century and that disabled men and women played an important role in the social life of the time.” Dr David Turner, Swansea University www.kdcs.kcl.ac.uk/innovation/inspiring.html
  • 7. Effective, efficient and world leadingwww.kdcs.kcl.ac.uk/innovation/inspiring.html
  • 8. Bestowing economic & community benefits Glasgow Museums Collection is the city’s biggest single fiscal asset valued at £1.4 billion. It contains around 1.2 million objects. On average only 2% of the collection is exhibited to the public at any one time. Digital access is opening up further access to these collections. A major impact sought is to increase self-confidence in the populace – to feel less marginalised, less insignificant, less unheard. Increased feelings of self-worth through interaction with the Museums will spill over into every aspect of their lives. Digitised content & JISC Collections negotiations save the sector ~£43 million per year www.kdcs.kcl.ac.uk/innovation/inspiring.html
  • 9. A place where a communitynourishes its memory and itsimagination – where itconnects with the past andinvents its future.To educate, enlighten and entertain:to promote and disseminate and to preserve culture
  • 10. Option Value5 modes of cultural value •People value the possibility of enjoying the digitised resources and the resultant research outputs created through the endeavours of academics and HE now or sometime in the future. Prestige Value •People derive utility from knowing that a digitised resource, HE institution or its research, is cherished by persons living inside and outside their community. Education Value •People are aware that digitised resources contribute to their own or to other people’s sense of culture, education, knowledge and heritage and therefore value it. Existence Value •People benefit from knowing that a digital resource exists but do not personally use it. Bequest Value •People derive satisfaction from the fact that their descendents and other members of the community will in the future be able to enjoy a digitised resource if they choose to.